September 28, 2019 Mitigation

I want to thank our members and supporters in the community for coming together September 28th, to reduce the fuel around the community center, fire station and maintenance barn.  With the grass trimmed short, this area provides a safe zone for residents to shelter in the event of a fire.  Your effort on this annual mitigation project counts toward meeting our communities 2019 Firewise goal.

Thanks again.
Ken Gossett  - Fire Chief

DEPARTMENT THANK YOU LUNCHEON


March 27th, the department provided a luncheon for those who worked on our station wiring project. I want to thank our workers for their long hours to complete this project.  With the completion of this part of our station improvement plan, we will be able to utilize our standby generator to provide emergency services in a prolonged power emergency.  Thanks again for all your hard work.

Ken Gossett - Fire Chief

               FIRE EXTINGUISHER TRAINING

March 25, 2018  -  Today's training focused on fire extinguishers.  Class time covered OSHA fire extinguisher training objectives.  Attendees followed up class time with an opportunity to practice with a live fire exercise.  The practice provided fun for all.   Thanks Edna for the photos!

                                                   2017th ANNUAL DMR VFD CHRISTMAS PARTY


Our annual Christmas party, on December 16th was a big success, with over 60 in attendance.  I want to thank all those that helped make our event a success.  I wish you all a happy and safe holiday season and a prosperous new year.

Ken Gossett - DMR VFD Fire Chief     Click here for photos of the event!

McCOY FIRE

July 17th, 2019 - Fire chief Ken Gossett and assistant fire chief Paul Conner assisted  Fort Davis VFD and Texas Forest service firefighters on a 135 acre lighting strike fire in the north of the county.  Lonnie Hebert from FD VFD is shown driving the type 6 brush truck.  The DMR VFD is one of four fire departments in the county, we all pitch in to provide support in the event of a fire. Thanks to John Morlock of the FD VFD for providing the photo.

                                                                                                                Training Session - January 13, 2019


On Sunday January 13th, the DMR VFD spent the day working on the station and the trucks. The Fire trucks were cleaned and the old gasoline was siphoned out of the pumps and replaced with new fuel. The pumps were operated for a few minutes to insure that they were in good working order. The station’s propane lines were checked for any leaks. The old jeep was stripped of its pump and hose reel in preparation of its sale. The 51 year old jeep has been retired as a piece of firefighting equipment.  The Fire trucks were exercised for a few minutes. Fortunately we have had little need to use them.  The DMRVFD has received a $20,000.00 grant from the Texas Forest service to purchase fire and rescue equipment for the department.  HB-2604 grants are extremely important to small rural departments to supplement our limited funds.  We will use our grant to improve our rescue and emergency response capabilities. This grant will allow our department to replace outdated equipment or to purchase equipment that we have been lacking. The grant does not cover PPE.  Therefore, we will use our ESD funds to outfit our new personnel for fire school.  Fire School is February 21 - 24 in Fort Davis.  We hope to have 8 to 10 people in attendance. 

We had 3 new firemen join our department in the last two months of 2018. We are always on the look out for new firemen to join our department.

For additional photos, go to Mitigation Page

                                                                        PIE AND DANCE FUNDRAISER!


The Sept. 2nd Pie and Dance benefit for the DMR Volunteer Fire Department was a great success with $880.00 raised.  The DMR VFD Support Members did a great job with the help of property owners and friends.  Three long tables were full of pies of all kinds, from savory to sweet.  Special thanks to Edna Queen for spearheading the event and the DJ Jules for the great music.  The DMR VFD is our first line defense.  It can always use people wanting to be trained as firemen as well as Support Group members!  

                                                                                                          EMERGENCY USE OF TOURNIQUETS CLASS


Sunday, August 29 during the regular training day for the DMVFD Fireman Bert Lagarde conducted a class on the emergency use of tourniquets. Fireman Lagarde is a paramedic and the director  of the Marfa EMS. We had a really good turn out with a mixture of firemen, support team members, and community members. The class was extremely informative. At the end of class participants were given a tourniquet to add to their own personal first aid kits.

                                                  DEATH OF WEATHERFORD FIREFIGHTER - June 10, 2018

A firefighter died from injuries he sustained while battling a grass fire in the Davis Mountains in West Texas on Sunday, according to fire officials in Weatherford.  Andy Loller, 42, a Weatherford firefighter, was deployed to assist firefighters across the state at the Scenic Loop Complex in Jeff Davis County, Weatherford Fire Marshal Bob Hopkins said.